Meet the Patrons and Trustee Team

Rowdeford Charity Trust Patrons

PatronsMark and Cynthia Wilkinson are proud Patrons of the Rowdeford Charity Trust taking an active and supporting interest in all its activities.  

Mark and Cynthia Wilkinson believe that everyone should be responsible for putting something positive back into society and by supporting the hardworking and dedicated staff at Rowdeford to improve the facilities at the school they hope to help the children have a better future

Mark Wilkinson, OBE, OLM, FCGI. -Mark is a 'time aged' dyslexic and knows just how it feels not to be able to follow a standard school ciriculum. Founder of Smallbone of Devizes and Mark Wilkinson Furniture Limited, he is currently a consultant to these companies under the canopy of Canburg and dedicates a lot of his time mentoring others.

Cynthia Wilkinson entered banking at the age of 16, founded Mark Wilkinson Furniture Limited with Mark and is presently mentoring young entrepreneurs.

When relaxing Mark enjoys - Design, reading, history and woodwork and Cynthia - Horses/animals in general, reading and the garden.

Cynthia is presently writing her life story.

The Trustees of The Rowdeford Charity Trust work together with the Patrons, School Governors, School Staff, Friends Group, the local community and of course the children to provide support and help where needed.

The Board of Trustees believe strongly in the work of the School and are continually seeking to help and provide additional facilities and resources.

Col. Mike Bowden MBE


Commissioned in the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1958 and served a total of 37 years including three tours (14 years) in airborne forces and active service in five theatres of war.Appointed British representative on Commission for Formation of Armed Forces in Angola and then retired in 1992 and trained as carpenter and joiner.He was appointed as governor with responsibility for premises at Rowdeford School in 1996; Created Rowdeford Charity Trust in 2001; and received the award of the High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 2008 for services to the local community. He was awarded the MBE that year for services to special educational needs.

Now, having retired as a governor of the School, he remains honorary President of the Charity and also of the hugely successful Rowdeford Garden Fair.

Jonathan Grew: Chairman 

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'I became involved in the Trust over a decade ago for two main reasons; one I had a son, Jeremy, who was going to go to Rowdeford School and also that I have had a considerable amount of fund raising experience.
The school is lucky to have fantastic grounds but little money for capital projects from the school’s budget. There was an opportunity to do so much for the fabric of the school and I am pleased to say with a lot of help from many people the Trust has raised over one million pounds to improve the school buildings and the outside environment of the school grounds. We have one final major project which is to refurbish the old school farm buildings and build an outdoor learning centre.'

Jonny Grew had a Wiltshire based computer business for over twenty years until 2014. He has been Chairman of the Governors of Rowdeford School and is Vice Chairman of the Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust which runs Naomi House Children’s Hospice and Jack’s Place in Sutton Scotney, Hampshire. He now spends most of his time on the family property business with his son.




 John Gaca 

john g photo" I am personally aware of how difficult it is for young people with special needs to find a place in society. Rowdeford School has this high on their agenda and I have been pleased to be involved with efforts to be deliver projects with this objective. It has been good to be able put some of my skills to use in that community.'

John Gaca has held senior finance and management positions in the former National Power PLC with director responsibilities both in the UK and in National Power’s American and Australian businesses. Latterly he was Managing Director of National Windpower Ltd. On leaving National Power in 1998 he became Non-Executive Director and advisor to West Coast Energy Ltd, a renewable energy and utility services company based in Wales until he left March 2014.

Now retired, John has an interest in education, career development and independent living for young people with disabilities. Prior to joining the Trust he was Chair of Governors at a state secondary school. He joined the Trust in 2010 and is the current Treasurer.

John enjoys travelling and outdoor activities including cycling, canoeing and swimming and has recently discovered the joys of the Segway.

Maggie Moore

maggie'I am really proud of my involvement in the planning, funding and building of the Rowdeford Arts Centre Project'

Maggie Moore's background is in Hotel Management and catering. More recently she ran the tourist information centres in Marlborough, Avebury and Devizes and has been a trustee since 2008. 

Maggie is a keen sailor and gardener. 


 Richard Fry 

rf PhotoRichard is a retired solicitor and senior partner of a long established nine partner Swindon legal practice. He is an active member of the Rotary and has been for some 27 years. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2014. 



Tim Card

tim cardTim is a busy local Devizes businessman.

Somehow outside of his business Tim is a keen steam and traction engine enthusiast and is a keen collector of many historic engines.



Neil Patterson 

NeilPattersonNeil is a local solicitor working within commercial and residential development, commercial landlord and tenant work.

Neil has a keen interest in sport, music and film.



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Almost there !

Thanks to so many who have given time, money and pledges we are going to build our Outdoor Learning Centre !

We are almost there!!!! Work begins Early 2017.

We want to share traditional outdoor skills and learning whilst breaking down those barriers between people with special needs, the wider community and workplaces.

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The Rowdeford Charity Trust
Rowdeford School,
Rowde, Devizes,
Wiltshire SN10 2QQ.

Telephone: 07584 778151

Registered Charity - 1088605

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